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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Sep 25, 2013 - 10:13:46 AM


It's time to go shrimping
By Greg Peralta
Sep 25, 2013 - 10:10:29 AM

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The shrimp were large and plentiful.


As the weather cools, the shrimp baiting season really heats up. This weekend, I took a break from fishing and went shrimping with my brother David and son Elliott.
 Given the full moon, tides were running higher and stronger than usual. As such, we timed our trip for the last two hours of the falling tide (when current would begin to slow down).  
After launching the skiff at Buck Hall boat landing, we ran into the shallows of Bulls Bay. The bay was extremely rough due to a strong wind blowing against the falling tide. From experience, we knew things would calm down as the tide fell. So we carefully worked our way into the bay.  
With this being our first shrimping trip of the season, we did not have the location of the shrimp dialed in. So moved around the bay until we saw shrimp jumping in our boat wake. Only after seeing good quantities of jumping shrimp did we set our poles and begin shrimping in earnest.  
Naturally, we saw the most shrimp in what seemed to be the roughest area of the bay. This makes standing on the front deck and casting the net a bit of a challenge. However, it was well worth the effort. The shrimp were large (if you can describe a shrimp that way) and plentiful. David, Elliott and I took turns driving the boat and casting the net. After a couple of rotations, we had to stop because the cooler was full of shrimp. It was a good day on the bay.  
Later that evening, we enjoyed a big meal of fresh steamed shrimp.  They were delicious!  
Shrimping is a great way to spend time with your family and friends. It is also a great way to enjoy the bounty of the Lowcountry.
Captain Greg Peralta, captaingreg@shallowwatercharters.com, (843) 224-0099.

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